Professional Effectiveness

Success as a professional, whether in academia or outside, requires a range of competencies and knowledge related to areas such as communication, management, interpersonal skills, and ethical conduct.

 Events

Title Description Date Provider
Skills of Communication (Online)

Skills of Communication is a full-day session featuring the tools and tips of better verbal communication.  It will test your assumptions and mental modes and for many, it may be the first time you learn about the Ladder of Interference, the Johari Window and more.  The goal is to make you more aware of the tools available to help you become a better communicator in both your work and personal

2 June 2020 - 9:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Mitacs Training
Virtual Facilitation 201

We'll be exploring advanced facilitation tools and techniques to use in virtual meetings, conversations, events and programs. Participants will learn from a suite of activities designed to encourage collaboration and build relationships. Through role-playing activities, each participant will have a chance to facilitate and steer a conversation.

3 June 2020 - 1:00pm Centre for Community Engaged Learning
Time Management (Online)

This energetic, intensive one-day course will sharpen your professional time management skills and optimize your working week. Building on the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) best practices, methodologies, and productivity tactics, the workshop provides tools and techniques that can be applied to a partner industry project or employment-based role.

8 June 2020 - 9:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Mitacs Training
Business Writing (Online)

No matter what field you’re working in, written communication is a critical part of your day-to-day duties. Regardless of your comfort or skill level, you can benefit from learning techniques to entice your readers and achieve your goals. This course will help all professionals hone their writing skills using proven techniques and processes.

9 June 2020 - 9:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Mitacs Training
Giving and Receiving Feedback

From the comments in red pen in the margins of papers to the peer review process to the eye-rolls and laughter of an audience during a presentation, much of the academic exercise of advancing knowledge is based on the concept of giving and receiving feedback.

15 June 2020 - 2:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success, Equity & Inclusion Office
Webinar – Quiet Leadership

For full event details and to register visit alumniUBC.  Description: Do you feel like your career path or leadership effectiveness is somehow hindered by your temperament? Are you overlooked for leadership roles because of your quiet nature?

18 June 2020 - 12:00pm alumni UBC
Designing to Succeed in Graduate School and Beyond: Being Strategic in Graduate School (4:30)

Take the lead of your education and your career objectives!

18 June 2020 - 4:30pm Library Research Commons
Foundations of Project Management I (2 days - Online)

Learning teams of approximately five people each will be formed at the beginning of this session and will work together throughout the session.  This will enable the participants to enhance their learning from each other, to experience the development of a strong team, and to develop a model of the culture that they will want to create and execute their projects.

8 July 2020 - 9:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Mitacs Training
Foundations of Project Management II (Online - 2 days)

Participants will work in learning teams of approximately 5 people formed at the beginning of the two-day course. Building on the skills developed in Foundations of Project Management I: A team-based approach, this course will emphasize skills of risk assessment, estimation, budgeting, resource schedule crisis management and continued focus on participating, building and managing teams.

19 August 2020 - 9:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Mitacs Training
Networking Skills

You’ve all heard the saying “you are only as good as your network,” but have you ever wondered how to get one? This full-day course is designed to provide insight and interaction along with the know how to build and stabilize business relationships through effective networking.  We will cover who-what-where-when and why to network and participants will have the opportunity to practice what they

15 October 2020 - 9:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Mitacs Training
Foundations of Project Management I (2 days)

Learning teams of approximately five people each will be formed at the beginning of this session and will work together throughout the session.  This will enable the participants to enhance their learning from each other, to experience the development of a strong team, and to develop a model of the culture that they will want to create and execute their projects.

26 October 2020 - 9:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Mitacs Training
Business Writing

No matter what field you’re working in, written communication is a critical part of your day-to-day duties. Regardless of your comfort or skill level, you can benefit from learning techniques to entice your readers and achieve your goals. This course will help all professionals hone their writing skills using proven techniques and processes.

28 October 2020 - 9:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Mitacs Training
Time Management

This energetic, intensive one-day course will sharpen your professional time management skills and optimize your working week. Building on the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) best practices, methodologies, and productivity tactics, the workshop provides tools and techniques that can be applied to a partner industry project or employment-based role.

29 October 2020 - 9:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Mitacs Training
Essentials of Productive Teams

More than ever, organizational success depends on people working together - effectively. The pressure to communicate productively, quickly turn ideas into profitable action and consistently deliver results never decreases.

4 November 2020 - 9:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Mitacs Training
Foundations of Project Management I ( 2 Days)

Learning teams of approximately five people each will be formed at the beginning of this session and will work together throughout the session.  This will enable the participants to enhance their learning from each other, to experience the development of a strong team, and to develop a model of the culture that they will want to create and execute their projects.

24 November 2020 - 9:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Mitacs Training
Career Professionalism

When working with others, we often forget the impressions and impact we have on those around us. We often dismiss just how important our personal reputation impacts the way we are perceived and in turn, how others relate to us and ultimately, what opportunities are opened to us.

26 November 2020 - 9:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Mitacs Training
Presentation Skills

In this one-day workshop, theory is introduced in short bursts and participants spend the majority of time practicing their presentation skills while receiving onsite feedback.

The focus on extensive practice and feedback is what makes the program meaningful, and is what makes the learning stick.

27 January 2021 - 9:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Mitacs Training
Time Management

This energetic, intensive one-day course will sharpen your professional time management skills and optimize your working week. Building on the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) best practices, methodologies, and productivity tactics, the workshop provides tools and techniques that can be applied to a partner industry project or employment-based role.

3 March 2021 - 9:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Mitacs Training
Business Writing

No matter what field you’re working in, written communication is a critical part of your day-to-day duties. Regardless of your comfort or skill level, you can benefit from learning techniques to entice your readers and achieve your goals. This course will help all professionals hone their writing skills using proven techniques and processes.

4 March 2021 - 9:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Mitacs Training
Essentials of Productive Teams

More than ever, organizational success depends on people working together - effectively. The pressure to communicate productively, quickly turn ideas into profitable action and consistently deliver results never decreases.

16 March 2021 - 9:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Mitacs Training

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 Resources

Title Description Provider
Career Resources for Students of Colour

Navigating your career options and seeking employment are two important components of your experience as a UBC student and future alumnus.  The Centre for Student Involvement and Careers has a resource page dedicated to answering your questions and providing campus & community resources to help you thrive

Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Career Resources for Students with Disabilities

Navigating your career options and seeking employment are two important components of your experience as a UBC student and future alumnus.  The Centre for Student Involvement and Careers has a resource page dedicated to answering your questions and providing campus & community resources to help you thrive.

Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Career Resources for LGBTQ+ Students

Navigating your career options and seeking employment are two important components of your experience as a UBC student and future alumnus.  The Centre for Student Involvement and Careers has a resource page dedicated to answering your questions and providing campus & community resources to help you thrive.

Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Career Planning, Graduate

Visit the graduate student career page for tools, resources, advice, and video stories to help guide your career planning and exploration.

Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Resumes, Covers Letters, and CVs

This site provides samples and video tutorials to help target and tailor you resumes, cover letters & curricula vitae.

Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Leaders Dialogue Series: On Making a Difference for Good

The Leaders’ Dialogue series is an opportunity to get to know individuals who have made a difference for good in the world, and hear their thoughts on questions such as ‘What motivates you?’, ‘What does ‘success’ mean to you?’, ‘What have you learned about leadership?’, and ‘What’s wrong/right with the world?’

Graduate Pathways to Success
Managing Project Timelines (online course)

This online, on-demand course will help you to reach project deadlines with less stress. Gain techniques and tools to help you create realistic project timelines and manage your time and energy. At the end of the course, you will:

  • Understand how to define tasks, task duration, milestones, and deadlines
  • Know how to use planning techniques to implement and adapt project timelines
  • Learn processes and techniques to communicate your project status to your research team

Register

Mitacs Training
Practical Tips for Growing Your Network (online course)

This short online, on-demand course will help you get the knowledge you need to build your network! Your time at graduate school will be filled with opportunities to make connections in and outside of your field. This course will give you the information you’ll need to make the most of each opportunity.

Building a strong personal and professional network may be one of the single most important things you can do for your career.  Learn how to plan, prepare, build and foster your network and watch opportunities unfold in front of you.

Mitacs Training
Time Management (online course)

If you find yourself frequently running out of time on a project or impending deadlines are making you anxious, this course is here to help. You’ll learn how to make the most of every minute, avoid procrastination and other “time thieves,” and create achievable plans and schedules, based on project management best practices.

Register

Mitacs Training
Writing Effective Emails (online course)

In this online, on-demand course, you will gain the confidence to communicate effectively and learn valuable ways to finesse your email etiquette. Learn how to:

  • Draft concise emails with clear information and direction
  • Use email appropriately within the work environment

Register

Mitacs Training
Writing Strategic Business Reports (online course)

In this online, on-demand course you will learn how to write clear and strategic business reports that achieve their intended purpose.  Learn to:

  • Tailor a report for its intended function and audience
  • How to make a positive impression with the readers

Register

Mitacs Training
Business Concepts for Life Scientists (Online, Self-paced)

The purpose of this online, on-demand course is to enhance PhD scientists’ understanding of foundational business concepts. This business coursework is unique because it is designed to prepare scientists for career transitions into both academic and non-academic settings. The course comprises a series of three modules - Business Strategy, Finance and Business Development.

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